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Land of the Long White Cloud, The

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Phillip Sparke

Philip Sparke

Subtitle: Aotearoa

General Info

Year: 1980 / 1988 / 1996
Duration: c. 13:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass band
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Xylophone (4.3 octaves)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Long before Europeans ventured out of sight of land, the bold and restless ancestors of the Maori people were making voyages of thousands of miles across the world's greatest oceans. It was around 1000 A.D. that they landed in New Zealand.

The discovery of New Zealand is attributed in Maori tradition to Kupe and the circumstances of the landfall gave the country its Maori name.

As land was approached, a long, flat volcanic cloud could be seen. Kupe's wife, Hine-te-aparangi, looked to the horizon and cried out, "he ao! He ao! A cloud! A cloud!" The name of Aotearoa was given to the islands - The Land of the Long White Cloud.

The Land of the Long White Cloud (Aotearoa) was originally conceived as a brass band work as a result of a commission by the New Zealand Brass Band Association for their National Championships held in 1980 in Christchurch, New Zealand. This transcription by the composer was commissioned by Keith Allen and Birmingham Schools' Wind Orchestra who gave the first performance in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, England on Sunday 15 May 1988.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Sparke, P. (1996). The Land of the Long White Cloud : Aotearoa [score]. Brand: Wingate, Bucks.